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6 Ways To Make Pregnancy More Comfortable

Many people love to describe pregnancy as a wonderful, happy time, but those folks probably aren’t pregnant when they make such claims.  In truth, despite that rumor that pregnant women have a special glow, carrying a new little person can get downright uncomfortable.

Here are six ways to find relief from some common complaints of pregnancy.

First Trimester

To combat the all-day nausea that many women experience during early pregnancy, a supply of ginger can really make a difference.  While the carbonation of ginger ale can be helpful, very few brands on the supermarket shelves actually contain real ginger.

Check the ingredients to be sure, or look for Caribbean style ginger ale in the specialty soft drink section.  Brands such as Reed’s Ginger Brew (reedsinc.com/brews) tend to be much stronger in flavor (which can be off-putting), but are more likely to list ginger in their ingredients.

Another option is ginger tea, such as Yogi Ginger Tea (yogiproducts.com). Steeping one’s how tea has the advantage of allowing the individual to brew it to her own taste.  For a nice pairing with the tea, try the milder flavor of ginger cookies, such a Ginger Cats from Trader Joe’s.

These make a great snack throughout the day, which may also help since frequent light meals can keep nausea at bay.

Doctors typically advise pregnant women to take prenatal vitamins.  However, these large pills can be difficult to swallow and the iron can sometimes contribute to nausea.

If getting or keeping prenatal vitamins down is a problem, prenatal gummy vitamins such as Vitafusion Prenatal Vitamins (available at Target) or Flintstones Children’s Vitamins may be a good option since they don’t include iron, or include it in lower amounts.

Chewable and available in fruity flavors, these can actually make taking vitamins a pleasure.  Just be sure to ask your doctor to monitor your pregnancy blood work to keep tabs on possible problems with anemia.  Of course, eating a diet rich in leafy green vegetables (spinach, broccoli), legumes (lentils, black beans), and dried fruit (apricots, raisins) can help boost iron intake as well.

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